Churches and other sights in Vantaa

The parish church is in the heart of parish life and usually also the centre of its activities. Each Vantaa congregation has a church that they call their home church, and some parishes have several. Churches are places of worship, but they often function as meeting places or concert venues as well.

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While churches are dear to the parish members, some are also recognized as local sights that attract a large number of tourists and other visitors. You can admire beautiful church architecture or just inhale the holy atmosphere.

► See all churches and chapels of Vantaa parishes on the Finnish website.

Church of St. Lawrence

(Finnish: Pyhän Laurin kirkko, Swedish: Helsinge kyrka S:t Lars)

Kirkkotie 45, 01510 Vantaa

The medieval church, dating from 1450, is the oldest building in the greater Helsinki area. It is a popular wedding venue and also the main church of the Tikkurila parish and the Swedish parish of Vantaa. The church is surrounded by a beautiful old cemetery.

Chapel of St. Lawrence

(Finnish: Pyhän Laurin kappeli, Swedish: S:t Lars kapell)

Pappilankuja 3, 01510 Vantaa

The modern chapel standing next to the Church of St. Lawrence was built in 2010. It is most often used for funeral services, but it is also a popular concert venue.

Myyrmäki Church

(Finnish: Myyrmäen kirkko)

Uomatie 1, 01600 Vantaa

The parish church of Myyrmäki is also known as the church of Light. It is very popular among architecture-minded tourists and, with its excellent acoustics, among concert-goers.

Myyrmäki Church will be closed for renovation from 4 March 2019 onwards.

Inside the church of Myyrmäki. The large space is full of light and white, beige and silver colours. A baptismal font is in the center. On the right, there is the altar with green altar cloths. White-and-blue seats are on the left.

Myyrmäki church

Inside the Church of St. Lawrence, view from the balcony on the right side. You can see the painted ceiling, the altar and a stained glass window above the altar. The stained glass depicts Jesus and a pilgrim.

Church of St. Lawrence

 

Dozens of lit candles on a cemetery.

On All Saints' Day cemeteries are filled with light. Photo: Marianna Siitonen